Jacques Ibert. Pièces brèves (3), for wind quintet. Composition Information ↓; Description ↓; Parts/Movements ↓; Appears On ↓. Share on. facebook · twitter. Jacques Ibert’s Trois Pieces Breves, completed in , is the final work of our series of Roaring Twenties Woodwind Quintets & probably the.

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Paris in the s was considered the center of culture for all of Europe. Heitor Villa-Lobos had his quintet premiered in Paris.

Milhaud, who was well known in the Parisian art world, would later write a couple of quintets.

3 Pièces brèves (Ibert, Jacques)

And we should be glad we do. Since Ibert had studied theater as well as music, he was a natural composer choice for theater works. Apparently, though, this theater had little space or money, so Ibert wrote the score for woodwind quintet instead of a larger ensemble.

The play is based on an earlier English play by George Farquhar. A short song by Ibert, Chanson iebrt rienfor voice and piano or voice and woodwind quintet is also from that incidental music. What we do know now, is that the French were, strangely, a few years behind their German counterparts in considering the woodwind quintet a viable medium for the avant-garde.

What seems light and frivolous to us today was actually, inIbert threading his personal path between a variety of musical styles familiar to Parisian audiences: But, in roughly seven minutes, the year-old Ibert demonstrates that he has a firm mastery of melodicism, harmony, counterpoint, orchestration and knowledge of the trends of the Parisian avant-garde. He presents it all with the clarity of fine French crystal glass without a single note out of place. This bubbling French Champagne of a quintet has never left the quintet standard repertoire since its introduction and is still an audience pleaser 85 years later.


It was also the first in a long series of French quintets showcasing brilliant wind writing and reminding audiences that art sometimes can simply be fun. It is likely the first dramatic work to be scored specifically for woodwind quintet, so it is surprising it is so difficult to find information about it. Alphonse Leduc still sells the music. Our list also includes several arrangements of other works by Ibert. The work is available for download in the countries where it is in the public domain from the International Music Score Library Project.

There is also a short work by Ibert, Chanson du rien for woodwind quintet and voice that was based on other music from the same play. The quintet version might be out of print. Some may enjoy this historic, if straightforward, recording made in by the Philadelphia Woodwind Quintet with William Kincaid, flute; John deLancie, oboe; Anthony Gigliotti, clarinet; Sol Schoenbach, bassoon and Mason Jones, horn.

Student and professional quintet players looking ideas on how to interpret this work should go to the extra effort to visit our friends in the Carion Quintet, who have released videos of all three movements of the Ibert, but in three separate videos from three different concerts or sessions. You may need to watch the 3 rd movement first and find the other two videos at the conclusion. One of the videos includes both the second and third movements, another the third alone, but with better sound quality.


Each performance is in a different sound space, so the change of acoustics is a bit disconcerting. The videos are also available on YouTube.

The ebook version from Google Play Books was used. The bow-tied portrait of Jacques Ibert is found in many places around the web, including the Wikimedia Commons. Obert photo of Ibert composing at the piano, apparently in his home, circais also fairly widely distributed on the web, and is used in quiintet Britannica. Both Ibert photos were adjusted for web display in Photoshop, with noise removal and adjustments using Topaz Labs plugins.

3 Pièces brèves (Ibert, Jacques) – IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library: Free Public Domain Sheet Music

It has nothing to do with Ibert. I just liked the photo. Primary Menu Skip to content. The Printed Music Alphonse Leduc still sells the music.

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